Education is a key to economic development. No country has ever created sustained economic growth without attaining near universal basic education. Yet some 70 million children in developing countries are denied the right to receive a basic education. In Nigeria more than 10 million children of primary school age - more than any other country in the world - remain outside the school system.
We all benefit when citizens in developing countries can read, write and fully participate in social and economic life. It is therefore our responsibility to ensure that every child receives a quality basic education. By doing our part to make basic education more accessible to children in Africa and other parts of the world, we help to lift the people in those nations out of poverty, which will help create a more peaceful and prosperous world for all of us.
Here are two organizations that are playing leading roles in helping to build the broad-based U.S. support needed to accomplish the goal of making access to education a reality for every child in the world:
The mission of the Basic Education Coalition is to raise support for quality basic education as a key element in economic development and human well being. The Basic Education Coalition works with U.S. policymakers, partner organizations and the public to increase support and funding for quality basic education around the world.
The Global Campaign for Education, U.S. chapter is a broad-based coalition of U.S. organizations including faith-based groups, non-governmental organizations, teachers unions, foundations, and think tanks dedicated to ensuring access to quality basic education in developing nations.